Miami’s historic tree-lined neighborhoods

Welcome to Coral Gables/South Miami, FL

Coral Gables/South Miami are the quiet, and perhaps most desirable, residential neighborhoods of Miami. Tree-lined boulevards, mansions, and historic landmarks lend to the respective titles of “City Beautiful” and “City of Pleasant Living”. The areas are also host to international corporations, law and real estate firms, and some of Miami’s most popular destinations for luxury shopping, high-end boutiques, and elegant restaurants. Welcome to Coral Gables/South Miami.

About Coral Gables/South Miami

Coral Gables, developed by George Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920’s, is famous for its striking Mediterranean Revival architecture. Known as the “City Beautiful”, Coral Gables stands out as a planned community built on a grand scale with lush, green avenues and buildings embellished with bright colors and ornate details. The downtown commercial district was carefully planned out as a grid, and infamously strict zoning codes exist to this day.

The history of South Miami began at the turn of the 20th century, when the lush farmlands of South Dade brought pioneer W.A. Larkins and his family to the southernmost wilderness at the end of a wagon trail. He started a small dairy and later established a post office at what is now Cocoplum Circle (adjacent to one of the city’s wealthiest gated communities). South Miami, incorporated in 1927, flourished and faltered along with other cities through the war years and devastating hurricanes. Since the 1950’s, the neighborhood has continued to grow and experience redevelopment as people have come to recognize the unique “small town” atmosphere in the “City of Pleasant Living.”


Miami’s Gateway to Latin America

George Merrick predicted that Coral Gables would serve as a “gateway to Latin America”, and indeed it has – becoming the headquarters of numerous international companies including Bacardi and Del Monte. The large Latin American population makes downtown Coral Gables a convenient center of international finance and law.

An abundance of upscale boutiques can be found along Miracle Mile, the center of Coral Gables’ downtown commercial district. The hospitality industry supports high-end leisure and corporate travelers with more than 100 cafes and restaurants. It is also home to the historic Biltmore Hotel, where guests enjoy magnificent old world luxury along with the largest hotel pool in the country. South Miami’s “main street” (Sunset Drive) is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district. The Village of Merrick Park – an upscale, mixed-use retail and residential complex anchored by Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus – and the enormous Dadeland Mall complete the shopping destinations of Coral Gables/South Miami.


Culture in the Suburbs

In 1925, the Coral Gables/South Miami area was chosen as the site for the University of Miami on 230 acres of land adjacent to US-1. The University of Miami provides the community with access to cultural events, lectures, an art cinema, and the Lowe Art Museum. Visitors and residents alike also enjoy the world famous Fairchild Botanical Gardens with its delightful Butterfly House and Chihuly glass sculptures. Coral Gables/South Miami host numerous annual festivals – including the Coral Gables Food and Wine Festival and South Miami Arts Festival – on the main thoroughfares of Miracle Mile and Sunset Drive.

The area supports a new museum and art cinema across from the renowned independent bookstore, Books & Books, sponsor of the largest international Book Fair in the United States. In addition Coral Gables has four live theater groups and many fine art galleries. Excellent municipal services, a high quality of life, and a diversified economy make Coral Gables/South Miami a highly desirable place to live, work, and play.


New Spark for the Condo Market

With strict zoning laws and maximum height restrictions, Coral Gables/South Miami has historically avoided the heavy real estate development projects common in the rest of Miami and Miami Beach. However, the once development-shy area has embraced a number of new and pre-construction projects – including luxury condominium towers like The Collection Residences, Mediterranean Village at Ponce Circle, and Biltmore Parc. The outlook for the area’s condo market is strong with rising prices and increased inventory. Condo median sales prices increased to $217,400 for the area as of 3Q 2015, while total sales dropped slightly due to fewer distressed sales.

Top Condo Buildings in Coral Gables/South Miami

1. Gables Club Towers
2. Milano at Deering Bay
3. Biltmore Parc
4. Gables on the Green
5. Deering Bay
6. 1805 Ponce Tower
7. 55 Merrick
8. The Collection Residences
9. Ten Aragon
10. 1300 Ponce

Coral Gables/South Miami Key Points of Interest

1. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
2. Venetian Pool
3. Coral Gable Merrick House
4. Lowe Art Museum
5. The Biltmore Hotel
6. Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park

Coral Gables/South Miami Schools

The best of the Public & Private Schools in Coral Gables/South Miami.

Community-focused school providing Pre-K through 5th grade students foundational academics and character development.

Offering an academically challenging and culturally diverse educational program and extra-curricular opportunities.

Highly regarded public high school focused on mission to teach, inspire, motivate, and empower students.

Private university with notable programs in Medicine, Business, and Law and storied history of athletics championships.

Restaurants & Dining

Enjoy fine dining or local favorites!

Upscale Spanish tapas and creative cocktails in a chic indoor/outdoor setting.

Popular destination for chef Cindy Hutson's innovative Caribbean-New World fusion cuisine and tropical decor.

Elegant New French fine-dining and exquisite service in the historic Biltmore Hotel.

Shopping in Coral Gables/South Miami

Coral Gables/South Miami is a great place for luxury shopping and designer boutiques

Multi-level open air shopping mall featuring big brand retailers, dining options, and entertainment.

Historic Coral Gables shopping district with major retailers, locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, and cafes.

Elegant outdoor shopping mall showcasing ultra-luxury brands, restaurants, spa, and more.

Enormous indoor shopping mall featuring three anchor department stores, upscale retailers, and dining.

Parks & Recreation

Enjoy waterfront activities or stroll through beautiful urban parks

9610 Old Cutler Rd, Miami 33156

8600 SW 57th Ave, Miami 33143

1120 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables 33134

Coral Gables/South Miami Transportation

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